Tuesday 20 August 2019



BEING A teenager in today's world brings many pressures from society and from the media to look good. Television, cinema and magazines are full of beautiful faces, adding to the stress of growing up. Glossy hair, perfect skin, pearly white teeth and the perfect figure – what's a girl to do? There are many ways to enhance your natural beauty and keep a practical skin care and make-up routine. Having researched beauty tips from a range of teenagers' magazines and in consultation with New Ross beautician Ailish, who visited our school early in the year to give a work shop on skin care and makeup application, I have created a beauty guide for us glamorous young women.


Before we can do anything to enhance our beauty with makeup it's important to know our skin type.

While I was researching beauty tips I found a very simple skin test to determine what skin you have from a skin care website.

There are five basic skin care types: Oily, combination, sensitive, dry and sun-damaged. Your skin type is determined by how much – or how little – oil your skin produces. Genes, diet, stress level, medication and even your skincare regimen all determine how much oil your skin produces.

This is a simple 'skin test' to determine what skin type you have: Wash your face, pat it dry, then take a few pieces of rice paper or tissue paper and press on different areas on your face. If your skin is oily, the paper will stick and become translucent. If the paper doesn't stick your skin is dry as it has no oil to pick up. If it sticks in your T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) then you have combination (or normal) skin. - Type 1: Oily skin is usually shiny with enlarged pores, and is prone to blackheads and blemishes. - Type 2: Combination/normal skin type has medium pores, a smooth and even texture, healthy colour, and sometimes may be dry on the cheeks while being oily in the T-zone. - Type 3: Sensitive skin tends to be thin and delicate with fine pores. It flushes easily and is frequently allergic and is prone to rashes. - Type 4: Dry skin feels tight, especially after cleansing. Dry skin tends to be flaky with some red patches.


According to Ailish, the following pointers will guarantee a perfect face

Do: Look for long-lasting products. A water-proof mascara and longwear foundation will help you to look as fresh at five as you did at nine.

Do: Always even out your complexion. If you have fairly good skin, a sheer foundation may be all you need. If you have breakouts or age spots, a cream-based concealer applied with a brush will do the trick, and for the under-eye area, a light-reflecting concealer will disguise dark circles, making you look awake and alert.

Do: Apply makeup only on freshly cleansed and moisturized skin.

Do: Set your foundation with a setting powder – and use the correct brush to do this. Do: Highlight your best assets. Don't: Apply with fingers as this puts bacteria on your face causing spots and pimples.

Don't: Focus on more than one feature at a time. Going for a strong lip? Then go easy on the eyes and vice versa too.

Don't: think that makeup will hide all of your problems. If you have skin issues like acne, work on clearing it up before you wear makeup regularly.


Ailish worked on a number of girls to demonstrate how to achieve a natural daytime look. The end result was that the girls looked as if they were wearing no makeup at all but simply had perfect flawless skin

She suggested the following items as essential in every makeup bag: A foundation and foundation brush, mascara, bronzer and a large makeup brush

Step 1: Foundation. Pour a small amount of foundation onto the back of your hand. Pick up some foundation with the brush. If you prefer light coverage, dip only one side of the brush in the makeup. If you want fuller coverage, use both sides of the brush to pick up the makeup. Use broad, downward strokes to sweep and blend the makeup onto the nose, forehead, cheeks and chin

Step 2: Bronzer. Dip a large makeup brush in some bronzer and tap off the excess. Dust lightly over your cheeks, just below the cheekbone. Then apply to the chin, forehead and eyelids to mattify any shiny areas on your skin and give your face a sunkissed glow.

Step 3: Mascara. Add a coat of black mascara to your eyelashes. Move your hand in a zig-zag motion from the roots to cover every individual lash. Then run the tip of the brush along the lower lashes to separate them.


Ailish also suggested regular facials at home or in a salon to boost the skins natural beauty

A facial can be many things. There are many types including deep cleansing or skin exfoliation, face massage, removal of skin blemishes such as black heads, and moisturizing. A facial usually starts with a quick consultation followed by a recommendation for the best treatment by your beautician. The most common treatment is the mask.

The other most common type of mask is the cream mask which contains hydrating vitamins and minerals. This type is designed to rehydrate the skin giving a more youthful glow. If you have sensitive skin you should first test any treatment on a small area of skin before applying a full facial mask.

Finally, it is important to point out that beauty comes from within. One of the best beauty tips is to be healthy, as the skin reflects our health. Look to magazines for inspiration – and most of all, love yourself!

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